Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: Rio 2016
Medal won: Bronze
Para sport: Para athletics
Gender: Male
Date of Birth5 December 1999
CoachGeorge Edwards
ResidesChristchurch
OccupationStudent
ClassificationT36
Impairment (Disability)Ataxia (Cerebral Palsy)

William is the youngest member of the Para athletics team to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at only 16 years of age. He has always loved sport and clearly remembers watching the London 2012 Paralympics. This is where his dream started. William was so inspired by watching the Paralympics he decided he was going to become a Para athlete. 

He started training in middle to long distance and joined an athletics club when he returned home. Over the following 2 years he attended several Paralympics New Zealand Para Athletics Development camps. At the second camp I was encouraged to try long jump and with it sprinting instead of longer distance. At the start of 2015 William competed at his first international event, the IPC Grand Prix in Queensland. This followed with competing at the Oceania Championships in Cairns, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. William was thrilled to be selected for the New Zealand and competed at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, achieving three top 10 finishes. 

William made an outstanding Paralympic debut in Rio in September 2016. He won two bronze medals and was one of the youngest members of the team. He contributed to the New Zealand Paralympic Team’s stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Paralympic results

2016Rio Paralympic GamesBronze – Men’s 400m T36
Bronze – Men’s 800m T36
5th – Men’s Long Jump T36